Harvard Square English Dance

Harvard Square English Dance2nd and 4th Fridays (and occasional 5th Fridays), 7:30 – 9:30pm
September through June
Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church
1555 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA (parking suggestions)
Admission: Sliding scale, $5 – $15

Dress comfortably and wear clean, soft-soled shoes
Proof of COVID vaccination required and masks must be worn
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Open Band nights: Band rehearsal starts at 6:15 pm. Donation by musicians appreciated to cover cost of band leader and church hall.

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What is English Country Dancing?

English Country Dance is social, community dancing. Dancers take a different partner for each dance of the evening, and join a “set” of couples. Each couple dances a series of figures with another couple, then repeats the same figures with each couple in the set. There’s minimal footwork: If you can walk you can dance! One of the pleasures of this kind of dancing is that you interact with everyone in the room. Dancers are encouraged to be attentive to each other as well as to the dance patterns.

The repertoire includes dances popular in 1650 all the way up to dances written (last year). Some are elegant, some rowdy, some romantic, some playful. Each dance has its own tune. Often the first thing that attracts people to English Country Dance is the splendid live music.

New people are welcome any time… You don’t need to bring a partner. Wear loose, comfortable clothes, and sturdy, flat shoes that won’t skid or stick on a wood floor.

— by Jenny Beer, Germantown Country Dancers

All dances at this series will be taught by a caller and accompanied by live music ranging from works by Purcell and Susato to traditional waltzes, jigs, and reels. Come join us!

Contact us at harvardsquare [at] cds-boston [dot] org